Art on a barn, of a barn: Karen Brummund holds public art project

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June 10, 2008

CORNELL CHRONICLE — AAP's Karen Brummund installed a full-scale drawing of a barn on the very building it depicts on June 14-15 at 135 Storm Road in Groton, New York. The public's participation in the project became both art and documentation.

Brummund, a digital image instruction assistant for Cornell's Fine Arts Library and AAP, makes time-based drawings that use public space like a canvas. For this project, she created a drawing of the barn in Groton, digitally enlarged it to the same scale as the building and printed the image on letter-sized paper to hang on the barn's façade. The interlacing layers of the real and the represented create a new, imaginary space, Brummund says.

The installation remained until the papers are destroyed by weather and fell off. It was documented through video, photography, and community drawings, to be integrated as layers in future artworks.

Brummund hung the installation June 14, and a "Community Draw" was held June 15 on the site. Drawings contributed to the artist will help document the project in exhibitions and inspire new work.

Brummund also has a video installation in the Everson 2008 Biennial, which opened June 13 in Syracuse. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions, screenings and public spaces in England, Russia, Canada, and the United States.

The Storm Road project is supported by the Cornell Council for the Arts and a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

By Dan Aloi